Obviously, there is the pain that would come from any loss a team would suffer, especially to end a season that had Super Bowl potential.
But far more painful for all parties involved was the manner in which the team lost, and this rings true for no one more than Bucs quarterback, the GOAT, Tom Brady.
The future Hall of Famer had an objectively awful day throwing the ball, barely completing 50% of his passes, going just 30-54 on his attempts.
That stat can also be deceptive, as, for people watching the game, many of Brady’s completions were not well-thrown balls that required great plays from receivers to pull them in.
On top of the poor quarterback play, Brady had one awful interception and a completely useless unsportsmanlike-conduct call. He was uncharacteristically less than clutch the entire game and never looked confident.
Time and time again, Brady failed to step up in the big moments the way Bucs fans have and should expect him to do considering his contract and talent.
That is why Brady will certainly be back next year. He knows that, despite the defense and special teams also playing awful, at the end of the day, it’s his fault the team struggled most of the game.
The competitor in Brady will certainly not let him forget it. It would be a tarnish on his career for him to go out after such a poor performance, and he knows it.
Considering that the the Bucs would still be Super Bowl contenders again next year if he plays, Brady will likely give it one last try, at the very least so he doesn’t finish his career with such a bad taste in his mouth.
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